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The Songs of Distant Earth (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Arthur C. Clarke
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More than two thousand years in the future, a small human colony thrives on the ocean paradise of Thalassa-sent there centuries ago to continue the human race before the Earth's destruction.

Thalassa's resources are vast-and the human colony has lived a bucolic life there. But their existence is threatened when the spaceship Magellan arrives on their world-carrying one million refugees from Earth, fleeing the dying planet.

Reputed to be Arthur C. Clarke's favorite novel, Songs of Distant Earth addresses several fascinating scientific questions unresolved in their time-including the question of why so few neutrinos from the sun have been measured on Earth. In addition, Clarke presents an inventive depiction of the use of vacuum energy to power spacecraft-and the technical logistics of space travel near the speed of light.


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'Clarke's simple, musical style never falters in this novel, which is a sobering yet far from bleak commentary on humanity's longing for the stars. Highly recommended' Library Journal

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Thalassa was a paradise above the earth. Its beauty and vast resources seduce its inhabitants into a feeling of perfection. But then the Magellan arrives, carrying with it one million refugees from the last mad days of earth. Paradise looks indeed lost....

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  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (November 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of Clarke's best later work May 1, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Songs of Distant Earth" is an engaging story centered around one of Arthur C. Clarke's deceptively simply plot hooks: Prior to the destruction of the Earth in a nova 1,500 years from now, "seedships" were sent to the stars so humanity could live on. An early seedship birthed a small, Eden-like civilization on a planet called Thalassa.
Now, hundreds of years after this society achieved near perfection, another seedship has arrived. And it is carrying people who have come directly from the now destroyed Earth.
Like most of Clarke's work, "The Songs of Distant Earth" is a story driven by ideas. Ideas about how the future of humanity will turn out. Ideas about how we will eventually solve the problems of today. And ideas about how we will finally reach the stars, and what we'll do when we get there.
Unlike much of his later work, "Songs" holds up well. This is not only the best of his late-period writing, but falls in with the very best novels he has written no matter the era. The pacing is quick, with a new revelation or theory around every corner, luring the reader deeper into the story with short, pithy chapters, each revealing a small (but fascinating) part of an intricate whole.
Most of the classic Clarke hallmarks are here, including the handful of themes that grew to dominate his later works. The space elevator, the possibly intelligent yet wholly alien lifeform, the theories on how humans will cross the gulf between the stars, and the diatribes against religion.
The cast of characters is not huge, but he rotates the viewpoint from chapter to chapter between about half-a-dozen of the people. The variety is good, as subtlety in painting his characters has never been a Clarke strong suit.
As mentioned, "Songs" is driven by ideas.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and very imaginative. November 3, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a book that you will likely not forget reading. Clarke's imagination here is staggering.
The novel takes place several thousand years from now. Earth has been destroyed by an unstable sun. Mankind foresaw the nova of Earth's sun for about two thousand years, and mounted an effort to colonize nearby stars in order to save the species. This was done in the nick of time.
The story takes place on planet Thalassa--a world largely of oceans with a single pair of islands perhaps the size of Taiwan. The Thalassans, originally colonists from Earth, have been alone for over a thousand years. Now they are visited by the last starship from Earth, which stops there en route to a different planet intended for colonization.
The story deals with the clash of cultures, but the best part are the flashbacks to Earth, and Clarke's highly intelligent and plausible extrapolations as regards science, politics, and societal development. Clarke's prose is outstanding as well, which is not all that common in science fiction. This is, quite simply, a wonderful story which will strike a chord in most readers.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Sad, and Beautiful. August 29, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Arthur C. Clarke is in fine form with this book about humanity after the death of Earth, burnt up by the Sun. Many colonies were started on other planets, and Thalassa was one of the later ones sent out before the Sun blew up. Thalassa is a quiet utopia, with the citizenry leading uneventful lives on their ocean world. This peace is shaken when the starship Magellan comes into their system, containing thousands of humans who were the last to leave the Solar System before the Sun blew up. Unlike the Thalassans, who grew up untroubled by the tensions and violence of Earth, the Magellan crew has fresh memories of the last violent days of Earth and still grieve for their home and loved ones; they remember religion, which was supressed on Thalassa to avoid religious strife; they remember tragedy. Clarke's book is a sensitive telling of what happens when the Thalassans are exposed to the last human survivors of Earth, and how those survivors are touched by the tranquillity of Thalassa. Clarke shows you love, remembrance, and tragedy infused with Clarke's sense of wonder.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, bittersweet story *Some Spoilers* January 18, 2005
By Nyght
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The reason I love most of Clarke's work is that it tends to focus on ideas and human interactions as opposed to saving the world, winning some war or saving a girl. Others, of course, will disagree.

This novel is one of the best of Clarke's later works, but for those of you looking for drama and crises that need resolved will be disappointed.

The novel takes place thousands of years in the future. Humanity discovered that our Sun was unstable and would nova far earlier than expected. In order to save part of humanity, various projects were developed to save something of our species.

One of the first used were "seeder ships". This were automated space craft containing human embryos and genetic material of many Earth creatures. The concept was that these ships would land on planets capable of sustaining human life and the automated systems on board would create a sutiable colony by providing a technological base and the onboard computers would educated the first generation of colonists birthed from the embryons on board with a very censored version of human history. The primary example of the effort to create a better human society is the censorship of religion. None of the great religious works (or works based on them) are included in the data banks of these vessels. The hope was that a society raised without religion would avoid the violence that often accompanies it.

The colony of Thalassa, where the action takes place, is a result of these plans. The Lassans live on two island of an otherwise watery world. The Earth they know is a sanatized version and their world is Eden like. Violence, jealousy and hate are rare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice book
Published 14 days ago by bobby
1.0 out of 5 stars boring!
This book had such potential. The plot line was interesting but Clarke failed to produce. Both my husband and I put the book down for a long period with no desire to finish it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela04
5.0 out of 5 stars Will we indeed survive?
Solar cataclysm might well be the impetus required to take the bags off of our heads. ACC is the eternal optimist, and leaves god out of the final equation, our largest impediment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by karaya
5.0 out of 5 stars plausible sci-fi
As always a good sci-fi novel from Arthur C. Clarke. The story happens several thousands years in the future but still what he writes seems plausible and he address many relevant... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Are Kritensen
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet!
really sweet book, nothing heavy, just a little bit of grief at the end that's going to transcend about a million years. I LOVE ACC!
Published 2 months ago by C. Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read - finished in a snap.
Published 3 months ago by Don Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars A broad sweeping tale with many rapid changes in characters ...
A broad sweeping tale with many rapid changes in characters and storylines. This book must be read to the end to be appreciated.
Published 3 months ago by PAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction you can feel
I think I read that this was Clarke's personal favorite among his many novels. It is certainly one of my favorites. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harold Banke Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great read and a classic
Published 3 months ago by Barbra J. Buehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive, insightful and bittersweet.
This is an excellent story, extremely well written,as would be expected of Clarke. Quick and interesting,characters relatively well developed. The ending was somewhat sad.
Published 4 months ago by Rod Mugridge
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